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Last weekend was an eye opening experience. It was truly surreal; it was my last day as Miss Teen GTA. From what I have seen, there is no new Miss Teen GTA, so does that mean I can just keep my title forever and live out the next year as a pageant girl? I wish this were true, but it is time for my goodbye.
Just in case you missed out on some updates, here is a quick flash on finals night for me… So I was incredibly nervous, but that usually makes me perform better. I come out on stage and I was called for top 20! No way! After that I do not remember much with all the adrenaline, but I know I loved every minute! Then I get called out for top 10! What an honor to know that the amazing judges, and people of the organization thought I belonged up there with those beautiful girls. I am proud of where I finished, and the feeling was incredible!
Over the past year, I have learned so much about myself, that I can barely remember what it was like to not be a part of the Miss Teen Canada World organization. I have a new found love for working with people. As an only child, it has always been normal for me to be quiet, and listen instead of the one to speak out. Now speaking out for things I believe in, and talking to people who can truly make a difference excites me and enables me to help others.
If I could do this all again (I really wish I could but…) I might change a thing or two. I know that’s not what you are supposed to say, but hey, I’m going to shake it up. I wish I could have done more in my time as Miss Teen GTA to help others. In light of this, my experience has also taught me that this is not the end, I can still help others with my platform. Just because I do not hold a title currently does not mean I am finished; I will continue to grow as a person and as a philanthropist.
Without sounding selfish, I need to talk about me for a minute. Who have I become in the past year, and even more in the past six months after the nationals pageant. I am a University student! I now study and live at York University, where I am learning and growing in my craft of dance. I also cheer lead for my university team, and I am looking forward to competing at Nationals in South Carolina. I have become a mentor for the new girls who are taking my place as delegates and finalists. Finally, I am a new woman with broad hopes and dreams. I look forward to the rest of my life with all the new opportunities that are coming my way. Still hoping and praying for my dream job at Disney! I will always be a princess at heart!
Through all of this experience there have been people in my life who helped me get to where I am today, and I would love to thank everyone. If I could thank you all by name I would! Thanks to my friends and family, Michelle Weswaldi, all the people who make the Miss Teen Canada Pageant possible, the finals girls who I have become such good friends with, and all the support I have received from my community. I would not be the person I am today without you. I thank God that I have had your support and friendship.
I give my best wishes to this years group of finalists. If I were to give you advice, I would say put your best foot forward always. Usually for me that would be right stance . I cannot wait to see where you girls go with your titles, and I look forward to watching you all compete in July. I will be there cheering on every one of you!
Miss Teen GTA-2012
Mentor Night in Toronto July 15th 2012.
Now I am going to summarize a little bit, because Melani gave us so many inspirational points. I am going to try to fit them all in, but of course 5 words or less for each.
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First Day… Jaw is dropped
What a crazy first day! I cannot believe how amazing these girls are. I swear Miss Teen Canada World just rounded up the best girls from the country and put us all in one big room! Well, I guess they sort of did. I was so excited to meet some of our sponsors and get to ask them questions about their companies.
Free The Childrenwas there to talk to us about their wonderful organization, and the trips you can go on as a winner, or just as a philanthropic person. I would love to go to Kenya with Miss Teen Canada World! I also finally got the chance to meet Jessica Brigantino, who has helped me so much through this process. She gave me the support I needed when asking questions, looking for assistance and ideas, and if I had a problem she was there to answer it. I would like to thank her for her help, and for the amazing work she is doing for Free The Children. She embodies this organization as we all got the chance to see yesterday.
I also met a rep from Sallazzo, who create (I think) the best product! As a dancer I love my comfy slippers, and I love my ballet shoes. Sallazzo has a mix of both of them!! What? I know right. They are so comfy, cute, and they fit into my itty bitty purse. I am wearing them today to get my hair and make up done (yay), and I am so glad that I will be so comfy. Plus the reps from Sallazzo are super sweet, like their product! Thanks for coming in, and thank you for my treausred slippers.
For the rest of this week I am definately sporting my S-Trip swag bag (Sun glasses too). We heard all about S-Trip as our sponsor and the program they provide for Student Trips around the world. Going to Dominican or Costa Rica with my closest friends? That would be incredible. I am so excited to see who wins the SOCIAL MEDIA QUEEN award and gets to go on a grad trip!
I have a new favourite nail polish! Cheeky Monkey is the cutest nail polish I have ever had. I love the bottle, I love the colour, and the rep and her son were the greatest! We got the chance to take some really cute pictures with them, and I cannot wait to use the nail polish. Cheeky Monkey is the best name for a product, but it is very fitting for our sponsor.
My day overall was so much fun. I got to meet all the girls, I met my lovely roomate Gina, Miss Teen Red Deer-World. I can tell we are like sisters already! Today is an exciting day. We have our interview, our photo shoot, and our video shoot. If you go to missteencanada.com you can watch a live feed of our video shoot all day! That is so exciting. Please check out what we are doing, and follow me on twitter throughout the week!
Christina Logan, Miss Teen GTA-World 2012
I am blessed to have such a variety of friends from all walks of life. From dance, cheer, school, old friends, and I cannot wait to meet my new friends: the other MTCW girls! My friends are so different and incredible, and I can’t think of something more fun than going on a crazy trip with them-A dream vacation to be exact.
My dream trip at the moment is my trip to Toronto with the lovely delegates of Miss Teen Canada World next week, but that dream will soon be coming true! So if I had to choose another dream vacation, it would be to the beautiful country of Thailand. I would love to go with the Miss Teen Canada delegates because these lovely ladies all have so much in common. We are going to be doing so many exciting things together, and I can’t wait to get to know them more.
My Mother lived inThailand during her 20’s and I love hearing stories about the time she spent there. These moments of reminiscence are some of my favourite spent with my mother. Beautiful blue seas, lovely beaches, and friendly people have allured me since childhood. The people she met she still considers friends, which is something I truly admire. During her stay she lived on beaches, ate exquisite food, and made money by constructing jewelry while sitting on the beach. These activities sound like a dream vacation to me.
If I could go to Thailand with the girls of MTCW I know we would have so much fun. Here there are so many things to do. For example, on the island of Phuket there is a lovely place where I would love to go swimming, tanning, and do some fun photo shoots with the girls. This place is called Phang Nga Bay. This beauty place has been featured in many films like James Bond. I would love to find my sense of vitality on the beaches of Phuket.
Another beautiful place in Thailand is Koh Phi Phi, a stunning island known for its clear waters and sense of hospitality. We could stay in the wonderful bungalows on the water, and enjoy a view we will never forget. Walks on the beach are my favourite thing, and this is exactly where I want to do it! Waters, sand, boats, and friends: dream.
One last thing that I dream to do in Thailand is ride an elephant. My Mommy rode one 20 years ago, and I want to have the same picture she does on the elephant. Elephants are such nurturing creatures towards humans, and I think they would take care of girls with crowns and sashes even better (I sure hope). I love nature and its wonderful inhabitants, and would love to explore these in Thailand.
Going to Thailand is an experience in itself, but I believe going with S-Trip would change this vacation so much. I think we would enjoy and love Thailand because it is a place where we could get to know each other in a different way than we can in Canada. Plus, Thai food is incredible! Thai food, in my opinion, is the healthiest and most delicious food in the world. With the sensations of sweet, salty, bitter and spicy; it is the ultimate food culture.
I love music, and I think music can enhance a vacation no matter the destination. I love the music of Thailand and I would love to see some traditional dancing. But, if I were to go on vacation right now, my beach/chill out music would have to include The Features. Their song From Now On has been playing over and over in my head since the beginning of summer. Of course I also have to include Hedley on my vacation playlist as always!
Having the opportunity to go away with the Miss Teen Canada girls would be so exciting; especially with S-Trip! S-Trip promises such an amazing experience for anyone who wishes to adventure and explore the world. If you want to go on a fun, and exciting vacay with your friends, it has to be S-Trip.
S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.
Christina Logan, Miss Teen GTA-World
(Hopefully the next Social Media Queen)
The Aveda Institute gave the Miss Teen Canada delegates a challenge to Look Good, Do Good and Feel Good. It asked us to perform ‘outrageous acts of kindness’. I hit outrageous right on the target! My cousin has two Huskies that are utterly restless and need to be walked often. I thought it could be very fun to take them for a walk on a lovely day, but of course I must be dressed in Max Glam.
The dogs are quite strong, and were able to drag me along for a while, and pull me to the ground. I loved every minute! I can not remember having more fun just going for a walk.
This assignment, in my opinion, is the best way to get the delegates out in the community
and take on an active role. I had the lovely chance to work with animals, but I saw many videos of girls out donating blood, or spending time with the elderly. I find it incredible how many things these talented girls are doing and how they are helping. I am proud to be a Miss Teen Canada World national delegate. We are a new generation of strong, philanthropic women!
Aveda Institute Professional Hair and Make-Up Schools, all across Canada are sponsoring the Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good Video Contest.
Please watch my video here and ‘heart it’. It means the world to me for so many reasons! The winner gets $500 dollars for their Free the Children fundraising. I have been working so hard fundraising and would love just that extra push to hopefully get me to the top. Getting the chance to work with Free The Children is a dream of mine that I truly hope comes true!
I hope you all enjoy watching my video as much as I did making it! Comment, and heart it to show me what you think.
Thank you all so much,
Christina Logan, Miss Teen GTA-World
Yesterday was a lovely day in Keswick, and the perfect setting for my Skyline video assignment. The beautiful Lake Simcoe, Ontario, is where I grew up and wanted to show Canada. My video was taken on the lovely properly of the Metherall’s (thank you again for letting me use your back yard).
When I read the information on this assignment, I was stuck! A skyline in my hometown… does that include the farms? I guess we have a wal-mart now. Keswick is a really small town in Georgina, but was a lovely place to grow up. It is a very cottage-y and a family oriented town. After a lot of thought, I could only think of my favourite place of all: the lake!
This was the perfect place to show Canada. It is my home town and it has the loveliest views around, but of course you will have to see this for yourself! It was a beauty day at Lake Simcoe, with the seagulls providing the background music and setting the mood. After about 28 takes, many bloopers, and a few ‘oh my goodness mom’ moments, we finally got the video! Yay
I hope you enjoy my little piece of sunshine in Lake Simcoe, and please heart my video lots! Watch it here
Christina Logan – Miss Teen GTA-World 2012
What an amazing success! On Saturday, June 23rd, I went downtown Toronto to Fresh Home and Garden to do a fundraiser for Free The Children. I am pleased to say, it went extremely well, and we had a great turn out.
One of the small fundraisers we held was a raffle for a $250 gift card to Fresh – also donated and I am so thankful. Congradulations to the winner, Janet Hawe.
It was a lovely day on Saturday with the sun shining, and great people. I was so lucky to have a nice comfy chair to rest in and an umbrella above me, or I may have melted! If you have not been to Fresh, I suggest you go check it out. It is a lovely store, with friendly people, and the most amazing decor. Everytime I go, I find myself wanting to redo my house.
I am so thankful for these wonderful people who have helped me so much through this process. I would like to thank Fresh for sponsoring me throughout my journey as well as helping me to fundraise for kids in need. Thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement as well.
Christina Logan – Miss Teen GTA-World